The Konungs skuggsjá, 1250,
derided as lunacy: mention of growing
corn by Viking farmers in Greenland.
Nordic archaeologists in trash heaps find
barley corn preserved by being scorched.
Not threshed, packaged,
not imported –
grown there for beer.
Climate warmer then….
A Quadrille, as we celebrate the rejuvenating return of The Poet’s Pub at dVerse. The prompt that Grace gives us for our 44 words is ‘Flicker.’
Source of Vikings in Greenland information: http://sciencenordic.com/vikings-grew-barley-greenland
Now, before anyone go ballistic over this poem let me add this: I am a former meteorologist, a certified science teacher (along with a few other certifications), one-quarter Viking (Norwegian… and possibly Swedish… along with a mish-mash of other human breeds), and an avid reader. The recent findings concerning the Viking farming communities of Greenland have been astounding! Not only were there farms along the southern reaches, but well inland. The reasons posited in the past for their demise have fallen away in light of more recent findings (as so often happens to perfectly reasonable scientific theorizing). The most exciting part of this article is that the Vikings brought brewing along with them wherever they landed. …which explains the prevalence of beer drinkers in Wisconsin and Minnesota!